Certain campus resources are inaccessible from off campus unless a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is used to establish a secure connection. Access to the university VPN is done via a supported web browser by pointing it to vpn.valpo.edu.
The following Web browsers are supported for the SSL VPN Virtual Office portal:
To login, point your browser to this URL: vpn.valpo.edu
Upon successfully logging in, you will be presented with the following screen:
The VPN has two methods of access, Bookmarks and NetExtender. Bookmarks are designed to provide access to individual resources (similar to browser bookmarks), while NetExtender provides full network access, as if being on the campus network. As an example, the Valpo Intra website bookmark provides a way to connect to resources like Campus Chronicle without the burden of multiple logins. The first time the NetExtender box is clicked, the application installer is launched. Once installed, it will run as a background process in either Windows or Mac OS. Therefore there is no longer a need to first login through the web page.
Linux 32-bit or 64-bit clients are supported for NetExtender when running one of the following distributions:
Note: Open source Java Virtual Machines (VMs) are not currently supported. If you do not have Sun Java 1.5 or higher, you can use the command-line interface version of NetExtender.
NetExtender supports the following Windows Mobile platforms:
Windows Mobile 5 Smart Phone version and Windows Mobile 6 Standard version are not currently supported.
Important Note: Only rooted devices are supported for NetExtender Android in SonicWALL SSL VPN. Therefore the Valpo IT department recommends against its use.
Warning: Rooting your phone may void your warranty. Consult your contract or User’s Guide, or call your service provider for more information.
The NetExtender Android client is supported on rooted smartphones running 1.6 or higher of the Android operating system.
The rooting requirement is due to limitations and restrictions of the Android platform. A VPN client like NetExtender requires root level permission for certain necessary OS level operations. Until a future version of the Android OS provides a flexible API to do these operations without root access, the rooting requirement will remain.
As new features are added, users must install the updated client to access all the features supported by the new firmware. Likewise, if a new client is used with older firmware, some client features may not be functional. For best results, the latest firmware should always be used with the latest client.